GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Marshall County officials held a COVID-19 press briefing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Judy Smith, administrator with the Alabama Department of Public Health, was present along with Kathy Woodruff, the chief nursing officer for Marshall Medical Centers.
“This is the nightmare that I really didn’t want to see,” Woodruff said.
During the COVID-19 presser at the Marshall County Courthouse, Woodruff says currently 17 patients are in Marshall Medical Centers for the coronavirus.
“A few of those are in the intensive care unit and the rest on the surgical floor, but they’re sick and they range from their 20′s and 90”s so this virus doesn’t care. It doesn’t care how old you are, how young you are if you have job it doesn’t care. It’s very contagious and it effects all kinds of people from different walks of life,” said Woodruff.
Smith said since the reopening and after Memorial Day is when they started to see a spike in cases.
She said since the reopening and after Memorial Day, is when they started to see a spike in cases.
She also added that there are a lot of people who are not taking safety precautions which plays a key factor.
“You know folks just decided that hey it’s over and we are out and about but hey let me tell you we are out and about, but the virus is also out and about. Stay away from other folks if they are distancing too close to you. Obviously, sanitation is the other secret to it.” said Smith.
Woodruff said staff at Marshall Medical Center have tested 1,066 patients since March.
She said hospitals have plenty of personal protective equipment and staff are well trained to take care of patients.
Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson says so far they have given out over 10,000 masks to the public.